HAFIZABAD: Electricity production in the country would be increased to 17,000 megawatt by 2017 and duration of loadshedding in the country would be reduced to great extent during the summer, claimed Abid Sher Ali, the minister of state for water and power.

He was talking to the local media at a reception given in his honour by PML-N worker Kashif Randhawa in village Baweray Nau (Hafizabad). He said that due to concrete steps taken by the present government, the duration of loadshedding has been reduced from 18 hours to 6/8 hours a day during the past two years. He pledged that during the summer it would be confined up to 6 hours in urban areas and 8 hours in rural areas. It would be our endeavors that the duration of loadshedding would be further deceased during this year, he said.

He lauded the sacrifices of martyrs of law-enforcing agencies particularly the Pak Army while combating terrorists. He said that the menace of terrorism and extremism had crept into the country during the past over 12 years and it was due to the efforts of Pakistan Army and present government. National Action Plan was chalked out and it has controlled terrorism to great extent, he said and added that the NAP would continue till the wiping out of all terrorists from the sacred land.

Replying to a question regarding the allegations by MQM leaders against each other, he said that PML-N is a democratic party and it does not believe in making or breaking of any political party and no party would be victimised. However, he declared that the present government would not compromise on the integrity of the country.

To another question, he said the law enforcing agencies should probe into the allegations of MQM leaders and the responsible politicians should be taken to task. No one would be given clean chit to disturb the national integrity, he added,

He said that the government was not creating any hurdle in the functioning of NAB and it believed in across the board accountability of anyone whether he/she is in Punjab or other province. However, the PML-N government wanted that the action against anyone should be initiated on solid proof and not on mere mudslinging and accusation by the opponents.–Staff Reporter